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Police officer convicted of theft and conspiracy to supply controlled drugs

02/04/2013

Alison Storey, Specialist Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "As a detective constable, Nicholas McFadden should have been taking drugs off the streets. Instead, he was stealing the very drugs the police had successfully seized, and putting them straight back there.

"He exploited his trusted position by stealing large quantities of heroin, cocaine and cannabis and conspiring with his elder brother, Simon McFadden, to sell them for a significant profit.

"The brothers acquired at least £600,000 in total from their criminal activities, which they used to fund increasingly extravagant lifestyles. Almost £160,000 in cash was also found in bags in Nicholas McFadden's garage. However, the pair's convictions today prove that corrupt police officers are not above the law they are expected to uphold and they, and their criminal acquaintances, will be brought to justice."

Background

Nicholas McFadden was a detective constable within the Organised Crime Group of West Yorkshire Police.

Both Nicholas and Simon McFadden have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of theft and conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Simon McFadden was also found guilty of acquiring, using or possessing criminal property contrary to section 329 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Nicholas McFadden previously pleaded guilty to acquiring, using or possessing criminal property contrary to section 329 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 on 1 February 2013. Karen McFadden, married to Simon, pleaded guilty to the same charge on 16 November 2012.

All three will be sentenced on Thursday 4 April.

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